Monday, July 16, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Temps will dip and Trump has a clear plan for his first 100 days

Today starts cooler and drier, and only tops out in the mid 70s under partly cloudy skies, 10Weather WTSP reports. A secondary front moves through tomorrow afternoon, but rain chances are very slim at 10 percent. The key to this front is that even cooler and drier air will come in behind it. That means we will dip into the 50s and 60s for early Friday morning.

• The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this morning on why convicted murderer Timothy Lee Hurst should or should not be executed. Hurst won a major victory in January when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida's sentencing system in death penalty cases, and in so doing ordered the state's highest court to resentence him. Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet will have coverage of the arguments today on tampabay.com/politics.

• The Tampa City Council meets at 9 a.m., when it will hear from police Chief Eric Ward about the recommendations that the U.S. Department of Justice made to the city after its nearly year-long review of the city's bicycle ticketing practices. Follow Rick Danielson on Twitter (@Danielson_Times) for updates.

• Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but he is also keenly aware that many in his own party — and many Americans, frankly — are scared and anxious about the idea of him in the Oval Office. Even he is not sure how a divided nation would adjust to the first 100 days of a Trump presidency. What he does know, however, is what he wants to do in those early months.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

• Today is Cinco De Mayo. But like its Irish cousin, St. Patrick's Day, this regional Mexican holiday may be more of a big deal in the United States than in its home country. Cinco de Mayo marks Mexico's victory over the invading French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. So why do we celebrate it in the United States?

• For Cinco de Mayo, our food editor offers these tips for making guacamole. We've got a list of local Cinco de Mayo parties and parades, too.

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The Daystarter: Will "Lionfish Challenge" put dent in invasive species?; France wins World Cup; Amazon Prime Day today

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Temperatures will again peak around 90 along the coast and the lower 90s inland, according to the National Weather Service. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will develop near the c...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship.

Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship.

Haeder Alanbki, an Iraqi living in Orlando, applied to become a U.S. citizen in 2016.Given his years as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, he thought it would be a simple formality. But in a lawsuit he filed last month against the government, Al...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Can Florida’s Lionfish Challenge rein in the venomous invasive? Maybe.

Can Florida’s Lionfish Challenge rein in the venomous invasive? Maybe.

Submerged in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael DeRemer spotted the yellow glint of the lionfish’s tag.The 62-year-old Largo diver had been looking for grouper that June day, but the tag changed things: It meant the spiny seafarer was a lucrative target — o...
Published: 07/16/18
PolitiFact Florida: What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

PolitiFact Florida: What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

When President Donald Trump unveiled his second Supreme Court justice pick, Florida’s Democratic candidates for governor warned of dire consequences for access to abortion."With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his ...
Published: 07/16/18
Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome falls in playoff at LPGA Marathon Classic

Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome falls in playoff at LPGA Marathon Classic

Times wiresSYLVANIA, Ohio — Brittany Lincicome could have been forgiven for looking ahead. But that didn't appear to be a problem.The Seminole resident took Thidapa Suwannapura into a playoff, falling on the first hole Sunday in the LPGA Marath...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Twins game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Twins game

There are times when Rays OF Carlos Gomez looks lackadaisical, but he made an urgent dash in from rightfield to near the mound when the benches first cleared and was ready for any action. Reminiscent of Jonny Gomes in '08.The loss is still what matte...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: Twins grand slam ends heated game

Rays journal: Twins grand slam ends heated game

MINNEAPOLIS — That the Brian Dozier walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning that beat the Rays 11-7 was only part of the drama probably tells you all you need to know about Sunday's 4½-hour plus roller coaster ride, which included two benche...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays lose hot-tempered game to Twins 11-7 on walkoff grand slam

Rays lose hot-tempered game to Twins 11-7 on walkoff grand slam

MINNEAPOLIS – The Rays didn't have quite enough fight in them Sunday.Brian Dozier hit a walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning to give the Twins an 11-7 win in a back-and-forth and hot-tempered game that sent the Rays into the All-Star break at ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Wilson Ramos injury is a giant pain for Rays

Wilson Ramos injury is a giant pain for Rays

MINNEAPOLIS — The immediate reaction around the Rays to the extent of catcher Wilson Ramos' hamstring injury is disappointment, everyone knowing how much he was looking forward to playing in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Washington.But they are li...
Updated: 9 hours ago
At Croatia Club of Tampa Bay, a World Cup disappointment — but celebration nonetheless

At Croatia Club of Tampa Bay, a World Cup disappointment — but celebration nonetheless

CLEARWATER — In front of what looks like a small church auditorium just off U.S. 19, boys in oversized T-shirts kicked a soccer ball between parked cars on fenced-in grass. About 70 anxious adults walked through the doors of the Croatia Club of Tampa...
Updated: 9 hours ago